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A Curse of Frost and Fate

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A Nutcracker retelling definitely caught my attention! I haven't read anything like this before and I really enjoyed this. There were some spelling and grammar errors that took me out of the story a bit, but that's to be expected with an ARC. Overall, I liked this and will continue!
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The cover and synopsis of this book sound wonderful, but the book itself just didn’t deliver. The writing/pacing/overall story felt clunky and not well-thought out. I found myself cringing at times and at others I felt like I was pushing through mountains of info-dumps. 
Overall rating of 2/5 stars.
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Spicy retelling of The Nutcracker. The prose could be stronger, but I see great potential in this author! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy!
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Note: this book has mature content so it's recommended for ages 18 and up. 
I love The Nutcracker. I have been a dancer for most of my life so it's safe to say that I was around the story of the nutcracker a lot as a kid and I love it even more now that I am in college. I loved all of the magic and wonder in this book and I wanted to keep reading to meet all of the characters and read about what happened 
I really liked how the book wove in references to ballet and the book - I loved what the author did with the Sugar Plum Fairy how she was a dancer, and all the other details that were in the book. Klara and the prince were such great characters and I loved watching them fall in love. Overall I would recommend this book to adults who loved the Nutcracker when they were younger and those who love Fantasy Romance.
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If you like fairy tales, Swan Lake, true love, Christmas good feel movies and are an adult (there are some really sexy bits), then you will love this book. I’m not really into ballet, but I do like losing myself in a good fantasy story. Verika says she always wanted to write the story of Swan Lake as a book. Now she has, and wow - I never imagined Swan Lake like this. The story has been altered by her imaginative writing into a book that drags you in and doesn’t let go. Thank you to Verika Sloane and NetGalley for the ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.
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Yikes. I love the Nutcracker. So the synopsis was very intriguing to me. But this book was not it. I felt no connection to any of the characters. I didn't even feel chemistry between Klara and Jaemis. 

I struggled to even finish this book. If I were a better person, I would've DNF'd it days ago to spare me.
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I’m sorry I got 50% through and I just cannot finish this book. The cover is gorgeous and the premise drew me in. That said, I feel nothing for these characters or their situation that compels me to continue reading. It reads like a very long fan fic with stilted conversations and the pacing is too fast in some places and too slow in others.
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2.5 stars

This was really far too long. The cringe factor was high. The errors.. Crowned molding. The author tries to throw in big words that she perhaps doesn't 100% understand or is mistaking them for other words. At any rate, we end up with things like "he felt the warmth and sanguinity of the sun under a nubilous sky"

Let's assume we mean:

san·​guine ˈsaŋ-gwən 
: marked by eager hopefulness : confidently optimistic 

which doesn't make a lot of sense in this context as it is used to describe the sun, particularly under a nubilous sky.

in British English
(ˈnjuːbɪləs IPA Pronunciation Guide )
ADJECTIVE literary
1.  cloudy; misty
2.  vague; obscure

Ah the warmth and confident optimism of the sun under the cloudy... wait.

Also, the guests took part in a syncretized dance. 

syncretized; syncretizing
transitive verb

: to attempt to unite and harmonize especially without critical examination or logical unity.


The writing was really juvenile to me. The writer does things like use the same word too close in succession which is just lazy to me. Everything is explained as if you are an imbecile. There are so many things that could have been left out that would have brought the word count down to something more reasonable and also would have just been better. For example, there is a point where a character is trying desperately to cross a perimeter which is denoted by a sparkle in the air. She races for it, being chased, and then "suddenly yanked back by her cloak's hood, her fingers brushing the sparkling shield" would have been enough to tell the reader she had gotten very close without "showing just how close she'd gotten." Not needed. 

The ending was just a travesty. Both MCs are duped in the most obvious way, and I actually had to skim many pages because the cringe was so thick and uncomfortable. 

I actually said out loud more than once, a la Austin Powers to Robin Swallows, "WHY WON'T YOU END?" Which, in hindsight, should have been my cue to DNF this one.
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3.5 star read for me. 
I loved the cover of this book, and I requested an E-ARC before even reading what the story was about. Thank you to NetGallery and the author for the E-ARC. 
I enjoyed the nutcracker retelling with a nice bit of smut on the side. The story was enchanting and the romance was very sweet, I like the whole fated mates troupe but felt that this was a little rushed.
The book could have been shorter but I enjoyed the vivid world building, cast of characters and elements of magic along the way. 
A good escapism read for December.
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This is a spicy reimagining of the Nutcracker universe and so I was really looking forward to reading this and getting stuck in. 
Klarna finds herself sucked through a veil into the Nutcracker realm where she meets Prince Jaemis. A cursed prince who needs to save his kingdom and his royal parents from the Mouse King and Queen who have taken over his lands. 

I enjoyed the general plot of the story and I did enjoy the pacing. I did find some things hard to grasp such as the love between Klara and Jaemis after two days and although this is an ‘enchanted love’ I did find myself rolling my eyes a little. If you like graphic sex scenes then this is right up your alley. I found Klara to be likeable and did like the different POVs between her and Jaemis it added more depth for me. Altogether a good story and a decent escapism tale. 

**** Spoiler****
 I did lose my way when right after waking from a dark magic coma within moments of laying her eyes on him they were bang at it and that was abit too far out of my reach for me!
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The Nutcracker always creeped me out as a kid (I still hate the dolls that come out at Christmas time), and I found this just as creepy in ways I remembered from my childhood.

I am very glad that there was a 'happily ever after' but the graphic sex and stuff was too much for me. This should be marketed at people in their 20s, not over 18. The smut was far too much for my liking,
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3 ⭐️ Nutcracker Retelling 

This book was engaging and interesting enough, but it was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors and was entirely too long – unnecessarily so. The story was cute, and by the end I surely was invested in seeing where the characters ended up, but it was extremely frustrating to read. 

As I said, this is a re-imagining of the story in the Nutcracker, so there are many similarities with some new additions to keep it interesting and not too predictable. It was a little spicy, and very much romance filled which I can always appreciate. 

Overall, though, it felt like I was reading a very long fanfic – and I usually don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, but… it's not good, really. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
🌶️.5 / 5

*Thank you Net Galley for the eARC*
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I’m sorry, I really tried but I just couldn’t get into this book. I really didn’t like how the main character spoke and I couldn’t get the plot into my head properly.
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I've been obsessed with all things Nutcracker since a child. So when I saw this book I quickly requested to review it. As luck would have it, here I am lol. I read a lot of fantasy/romance and they all pull from very similar myths. Fae, vampires, werewolves, witches. This book, while still being full of magic, did it in a way that made it unique. I really enjoyed that. I loved the story. There was action, a curse, and great sex. The characters were well developed. I was rooting for Jaemis and Klara once they locked eyes.
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I loved the cover and the premise of this book.

However, that is where my love ended. I couldn't force myself past the first chapter. It was riddled with formatting errors, grammatical errors, and was in need of more proofreading/editing. There were sentences that I had to read multiple times to get the author's meaning. 

As it stands, I can't, in good faith, recommend recommend this book, so I will refrain from posting my review outside of NetGalley.
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I’m wondering if I read the same book as everyone else because I’m just not feeling this! The NutCracker was one of my favorite films to watch when I was younger, and growing up, I attended many re-enactments. Therefore, I thought it’d be a given that I’d love this story but I was bored throughout and not even the curse cast upon Prince Jaemis gave me pause. Klara’s powers felt very convenient, and I normally love when seemingly ordinary humans discover they have magical powers, but I felt her elemental magic to be a cheapskate, rather than genuine. It felt a bit gimmicky, like a Disney special. I do think the book improved from beginning to end, however.
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I would give this book 3.5 stars. I found Jaemis’ dialect/way of speaking a little to jilting. It got better as the book progressed but every once in awhile stuck out. I would have given it 4 stars otherwise. 

I really enjoyed this book. The story was unique. I read a lot of fantasy/romanatsy and they all pull from very similar myths. Fae, vampires, werewolves, witches. This book, while still being full of magic, did it in a way that made it unique. I really enjoyed that. I loved the story. There was action, a curse, and great sex. The characters were well developed. I was rooting for Jaemis and Klara once they locked eyes.
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Beautifully written story. I enjoyed the characters and the story. I look forward for more from the author!
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I really enjoyed what Verika Sloane wrote, it worked so well as a fantasy novel and as a nutcracker retelling. It had a great story that was beautifully done, I enjoyed the world that was created and that the cover was gorgeous. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and was invested in their story. I can't wait for more from Verika Sloane.

"It’d be a pity if his last kiss was one drunken night at a ball, when a widowed duchess and he stumbled to the terrace for privacy. This kiss itself been a bit awkward, and they’d laughed at their clumsy attempt, realizing that although they were fine dance partners, there was no passion between them."
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